American Vampire: Second Cycle #4

American Vampire: Second Cycle #4

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Rafael Albuquerque Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: July 9, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 8
8.8Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

The fangs are longer, the claws are sharper and the mythos grows as Scott Snyder brings Pearl and Skinner head to head with their most vicious opponent yet. Is it possible to finally destroy a breed of vamps who can walk in the sun?

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 9, 2014

    We're seeing some dark times for Pearl Jones and Skinner Sweet in the pages of AMERICAN VAMPIRE. Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque have introduced an even deadlier threat as we witness the havoc and destruction unfold. Snyder's story and Albuquerque's art form the perfect combination and the action keeps you on the edge of your seat. You know things are bad for your character when they're forced to work with their former enemy against something even worse. The only bad thing is having to wait for the next issue to see what's going to happen next. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jul 10, 2014

    Anyways, seeing the group of vampiresin the swamp interact with one another is great. Snyder takes advantage of combining new characters who we may never see again with older characters. The interactions between characters are what make this book so great, and Snyder is at the top of his game, especially since he's able to use characters of his own creation, that he can do essentially whatever he wants with. But he isn't the only great story teller involved in American Vampire. No, this book would not be what it is without Rafael Albuquerque's stellar artwork, which is just as important to the story as Snyder's writing. He does a great job of conveying the tone of the book, as well as showing us character's emotions in scenes where they aren't speaking. As good as the dialogue is, it could be stripped away and Albuquerque's artwork would likely tell a similar story. Maybe without some of the subtle nuances of Snyder's dialogue, but it would still be awesome. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Jul 9, 2014

    American Vampire: Second Cycle remains a must have for fans of vampires and dramatic stories with the developments in this issue being truly astonishing. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 9, 2014

    The only shortcoming of "American Vampire: Second Cycle" #4 is the fact that Snyder and company presume the readers are with them for the long haul and know all the characters. I'm not saying there is any need to run a roll call in every issue, but a name check on Gentry or Calvin would help lapsed readers. It's not much worse than missing an introduction, but it does leave a pinhole in the near perfection Snyder, Albuquerque, McCaig and Wands have achieved with this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Chase Magnett Jul 10, 2014

    American Vampire: Second Cycle #4 is an excellent conclusion to the first story arc of the new series. It presents the best aspects of the series in its well defined characters, striking visual sense of action and horror, and grand sense of mythos. It manages to bring all of these elements together to create a climax that is a satisfying pay off to the tension and stakes built over the first few issues. Furthermore, it serves as a thesis statement for American Vampire: Second Cycle as a series – presenting what it is about and showing that the creative team is fully capable of delivering on the series' promise. American Vampire has returned and, based on this story, its second act should be even better than the first. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jul 10, 2014

    Albuquerque and McCaig's artwork continue to push the boundaries of the natural and supernatural making this one the most visually captivating issues out this week especially as seen in their "vampiric sharknado." Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jul 9, 2014

    American Vampire: Second Cycle #4 is a solid finale to the first arc of the series. It's a rather quick read, but an enjoyable one nonetheless, delivering on some enjoyable action and a terrific ending. I highly look forward to where the comic is going in the next arc and I hope it can keep it up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 24, 2014

    With a dazzling, sand-strewn opening that makes a sharknado look like a guppy sprinkle, the latest chapter of American Vampire's Second Cycle is light on plot but heavy on awesome. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - dfstell Jul 15, 2014

    A solid issue, but not the pinnacle of the series. The series misses Henry's humanity and a solid anchor in time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 10, 2014

    With a dazzling, sand-strewn opening that makes a sharknado look like a guppy sprinkle, the latest chapter of American Vampire's Second Cycle is light on plot but heavy on awesome. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partidge, III Jul 15, 2014

    Television aims to refine it's style and narrative as seasons go on, but in the mercurial climate of comics, we rarely get singular and prolonged artistic statements. Thankfully, in the recent market, titles that fit this description are starting to thrive and be noticed thanks to a receptive readership. American Vampire: Second Cycle is one of those titles. Issue #4 of this current volume looks and reads exactly like the issues that were published in 2010, and that is more than worth your attention. Read Full Review

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